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2016 Chevy Cruze vs 2016 Toyota Corolla near Columbiana, OH

The Compact Car Stand-Off: Who Will Win?

Good things come in small packages, and compact cars are direct proof of that. The increasing rate of the compact car segment can seem overwhelming, but we at Sweeney Chevrolet put together a 2016 Chevy Cruze vs 2016 Toyota Corolla near Columbiana, OH, comparison to present which compact car offers just a little more. See how the Cruze overtakes the Corolla when it comes to power, safety, and commodious amenities.

The 2016 Corolla boasts the standard 1.8L 4-cylinder engine on all models, which renders 132 horsepower and 128 lb.-ft. of torque. The 2016 Cruze takes it up a notch with its standard 1.4L engine, which generates 153 horsepower and 177 lb-ft. of torque. What’s more, the Cruze’s engine also offers more in terms of fuel economy. The Chevy Cruze works its way up to an efficient 30/42/35 MPG city/hwy/combined1, while the Toyota Corolla only has a maximum of 29/38/32 MPG city/hwy/combined2. The Cruze even offers a capacity of 13.7 gallons for its fuel tank, and only 13.2 gallons for the Corolla – a seemingly small difference that can make a huge impact.

The Chevy Cruze is highly technological with its availability of OnStar® 4G LTE Wi-Fi3, which transforms your compact car into a hotspot on wheels. Apple CarPlay®4 and Android Auto™4 are also standard features for seamless integration with your smartphones – you'll find these two on every model. Unfortunately, the Corolla doesn’t offer any of these features. This 2016 Chevy Cruze vs 2016 Toyota Corolla near Columbiana, OH, just continues to show how better equipped the Cruze is compared to the Corolla.

While the Corolla offers an available Smart Key System5, which lets you unlock your doors without needing to fumble around looking for your keys, and even start your car with the push of a button, the Cruze offers a Remote Key system as standard, and even a Remote Vehicle Starter as an add-on. The Cruze boasts the OnStar® RemoteLink®6 mobile app, which allows you to control the vehicle by remotely starting it, locking/unlocking the doors, and activating the horn and lights for help locating it – right from your smartphone.

The Cruze also outdoes the Corolla in terms of safety. The Cruze’s Rear Vision Camera7 is a standard feature, which comes in handy when reversing out of a tight spot or parallel parking. The Backup Camera8 on the Corolla is only standard on higher trims, not all. The 2016 Cruze also offers more when it comes to airbags9, with 10 available and ready to deploy in the event of a collision. These include the driver and passenger side frontal, front and rear seat-mounted side-impact, and more. The 2016 Corolla only offers 8 airbags overall10.

The 2016 Chevy Cruze vs 2016 Toyota Corolla near Columbiana, OH, proves to show that the Cruze doesn’t mess around when it comes to power, safety, and convenience. Visit Sweeney Chevrolet to take a test drive in this all-new compact car!


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1. EPA-estimated highway MPG for Cruze L, LS, and LT with 1.4L 4-cylinder engine and 6-speed manual transmission.

2. 2016 EPA-estimated city/highway mileage. Actual results may vary.

3. Requires a compatible mobile device, active OnStar service and data  plan. 4G LTE service available in select markets. Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations.

4. Vehicle user interfaces are products of Apple and Google and their terms and privacy statements apply. Requires compatible smartphone and data plan rates apply.

5. The Smart Key System may interfere with some pacemakers or cardiac defibrillators. If you have one of these medical devices, please talk to your doctor to see if you should deactivate this system.

6. Requires a compatible device and active OnStar subscription. Visit onstar.com for details and system limitations.

7. Safety features are no substitute for the driver’s responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. The driver should remain attentive to traffic, surroundings and road conditions at all times. Read the vehicle Owner’s Manual for more important safety information.

8. The backup camera does not provide a comprehensive view of the rear area of the vehicle. You should also look around outside your vehicle and use your mirrors to confirm rearward clearance. Cold weather will limit effectiveness and view may become cloudy.

9. Air bag inflation can cause severe injury or death to anyone too close to the air bag when it deploys. Be sure every occupant is properly restrained. Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.

10. All the airbag (AB) systems are Supplemental Restraint Systems. All ABs (if installed) are designed to inflate only under certain conditions and in certain types of severe collisions: frontal and knee ABs typically inflate in frontal collisions; side and side curtain ABs in side collisions; Roll-Sensing Curtain ABs at a severe tilt degree, roll or lateral G-force. In all other accidents, the ABs will not inflate. To decrease the risk of injury from an inflating AB, always wear seatbelts, sit upright in the middle of the seat as far back as possible and do not lean against the door. Do not put objects in front of an AB or around the seatback. Do not use a rearward-facing child seat in any front passenger seat. The force of an inflating AB may cause serious injury or death. See your Owner’s Manual for further information/warnings.

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